Dunn School

Po Box 98 2555 W Highway 154,
Los Olivos, CA, 93441-0934
Tel: (805)688-6471
Grades: 6 - 12 | 227 students
As a college preparatory school with a focus on cultivating scholarship, leadership, teamwork, and compassion amongst its students, Dunn School is committed to developing each individual's academic and personal potential; building self confidence and character; fostering individual and collective excellence; and educating students for success in college and beyond.
Dunn offers a broad program of academics, athletics, arts, outdoor education, and community service within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
The depth and quality of the relationship between students and teachers is central to our process of education.
Small class size promotes one-to-one communication and rapport between teacher and student, which best stimulates the desire to learn.
Through this one-to-one communication and our advisor program, our dedicated faculty commits to the guidance and support of the personal and academic growth of each individual entrusted to our care.

School Overview

Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded 1959

Student Body

Total Students 227 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 11%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Dunn School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 75%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 11 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History, AP World History  
Average SAT score 1850
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $44,000
Tuition Notes Middle School Day - $16300 Upper School Day - $19700
% on Financial Aid 21%
Average Financial Aid Grant $22,000
Admissions Director Mr. Mike McKee
Admissions Associate Ms. Christy Davidge


Total Sports Offered 16 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Cooking Club, Investment Club, Multicultural Club, Ping Pong Club, Student Government, Teen Book Club, The Academy Cooking Club, Ping Pong Club, Teen Book Club, The Academy, Investment Club,
Multicultural Club,
Student Government,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Midland School (0 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Family School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Family School (0.2 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Los Olivos Midland School    
    Po Box 8
    Los Olivos , CA , 93441
    0  mi  |  82  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Los Olivos
    The Family School
    5100A Figueroa Mountain Road
    Los Olivos , CA , 93441
    0.2  mi  |  83  students  |  Gr.  PK-5
  • Santa Ynez Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
    891 N Refugio Rd
    Santa Ynez , CA , 93460
    4.4  mi  |  95  students  |  Gr.  KG-8
  • Lompoc New Life Christian Academy
    816 N C St
    Lompoc , CA , 93436
    19  mi  |  26  students  |  Gr.  K-12
  • Lompoc
    La Purisima Concepcion School
    (Roman Catholic)
    219 W Olive Ave
    Lompoc , CA , 93436
    (Roman Catholic)
    19.6  mi  |  132  students  |  Gr.  KG-8

School Reviews

  • Recommended December 09, 2013 - The Dunn School has an outstanding Learning Strategies Program that sets it apart from other college prep schools. Our student entered Dunn after having a rough time in middle school. He has ADHD and, at that time, he was not able to get control of his ADHD and succeed in school. At Dunn he met with his Learning Strategies adviser every day and learned about himself as well as strategies for getting his work done and getting good grades. The same adviser worked with him all three years and nurtured his growth as a person and a student. In addition, Dunn also has excellent teachers and coaches that encouraged his participation in the many activities of the school. He played sports and developed leadership skills that have helped him gain confidence and relate well to his peers. Now that he is in college, I can fully appreciate the way that Dunn prepared him for this important step in his life. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended November 25, 2013 - This was the best place for my son to go to middle and high school -- he found exactly what he was looking for. .. a fabulous supportive community of teachers and students, collaboration, creativity, and academic challenge. Be aware though, that becoming part of Dunn School is a life choice for your child. Whether they are boarders or are a day student, Dunn requires a great portion of their day, sometimes well into the evening for school activities and even some weekends. Dunn becomes a way of life and is as demanding and rigorous as it needs to be to support its students'' endeavors to be they best that they can be. My son earned a tremendous education and created a life long family among both students and teachers. I am forever grateful to the staff for the love and support and encouragement they gave my son. He is a better man as a result of their kindness and care. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended October 10, 2013 - Sending my son to Dunn School was one of the best decisions I ever made for him. He thrived at the Middle School, not only doing well in his classes, but growing confident as he tried new things like rock climbing, a try-athlon, backpacking, running for office and acting. Now as a freshman at the high school, he is happy to be there every day. He has made wonderful friends, become more of an athlete/outdoorsman than he ever thought he would be and grown so much as a person. I am so happy that we decided to send him to Dunn. - Posted by Parent

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